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CLARITY – 7-27-18 Honor and Respect

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-27-18

 

Honor and Respect

 

What’s Happening:  “The flight that left North Korea with 55 sets of U.S. servicemen remains  (5,300 are thought to exist) from the Korean War marked several things: a promise made and kept (both Trump’s and Kim’s), the 65th anniversary of the armistice signed which ended the conflict, the renewal of hope that denuclearization of the peninsula will continue,  etc. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/north-korea-returns-remains-55-034657808.html). ‘It is a solemn obligation of the United States Government to ensure that the remains are handled with dignity and properly accounted for so their families receive them in an honorable manner,’ White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “55 of 5,300! Big deal!”

 

Biblical Response:  “It is a big deal to the families belonging to those remains…and although there are still a lot to go, it’s a start. Also, if this is any sign that NoKo is still interested in denuclearization, I’m all for it. We’ve got a long way to go for sure, but the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”

 

“Christians? While we are for all due honor and respect shown those who gave their ‘last full measure of devotion’ (quoting the Gettysburg Address), the remains are only what’s left of the servicemen’s physical bodies. Their souls and spirits are already where they should go (Heb. 9:27). It’s too late for many of them, but we should redouble our efforts to those who survive these men. Is anyone ministering to them?”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us give honor where honor is due, and effort where effort is due; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-4-18 Good News or Bad

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-4-18

 

Good News or Bad

 

What’s Happening:  “It’s anybody’s guess ,really, the replacement of the DPRK’s top military brass…is it good news or bad? Analysts say that this gives Kim Jong-un more control of the  Korean People’s Army (KPA), preparing for the summit with Trump by surrounding himself with more like-minded leaders. If Kim really intends denuclearization, this might be good news. If he intends to keep North Korea on its historic path of deception and promises made, but not kept, it’s bad. The South thinks it’s good, but someone with “no dog in the hunt” needs to be heard (https://www.yahoo.com/news/north-korea-shakes-military-leadership-ahead-trump-summit-033547734.html). ‘If Kim Jong Un is set on making peace with the U.S. and South Korea and dealing away at least part of the nuclear program, he will have to put the KPA’s influence in a box and keep it there,’ said the director of the International Affairs Group, Ken Gause.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Surely, it doesn’t matter much….this summit.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Not unless you mind the first truly nuclear war! What’s at stake is more serious than anyone can possibly imagine…it’s certainly nothing to yawn at. While I do understand the obvious advantage of approaching peace from a position of strength (thank you, Mr. Trump), I want someone in our delegation in Singapore that has nothing to prove (thank you, Mike Pompeo).”

 

“Christians? Oh we believe in Good News (this gives us hope)…and know the repercussions of bad news (Read Rom. 7 sometime). What we need June 12 is good news… ‘Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty.’ (Prov. 25:25) Yep. That just about sums it up.”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help those involved in making peace have NO hidden agendas; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY -5-11-18 KKK is not Always Bad

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-11-18

 

KKK is not Always Bad

 

What’s Happening:  “At least not when you are talking of the three Kims (Tony Kim, Kim Hack-song, and Kim Dong-chul) that a fourth Kim (Kim Jong-un) released from North Korea and met President Trump and First Lady Melania, Vice President Pence and Second Lady, Karen on the tarmac at 3:00am at Andrews AFB in Maryland (https://www.yahoo.com/news/3-americans-held-north-korea-070448351.html). Trump offered, ‘This is something that people did not think was going to happen for many many years and a lot of bad things could’ve happened in between,’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Couldn’t they have picked a more civilized hour?”

 

Biblical Response:  “I’m sure if you asked the Kims that were released, any hour was just fine,..they were just glad to be free. And the hour seemed ironically appropriate…I mean, the leaders of the free world and their wives had to lose a night’s sleep to be there to greet them…and they did!  

 

“Christians? Freedom is always a wonderful thing…if there are no strings (read: ‘chains’) attached. It seems out of character for Kim Jong-un to release anyone as a ‘goodwill’ gesture. He probably should have never imprisoned them in the first place. Of course, real freedom always deals in truth (John 8:32).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us enter these negotiations with both eyes open; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 4-23-18 Pompeo and Circumstance

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-23-18

 

Pompeo and Circumstance

 

What’s Happening:  “Having already established a relationship of diplomacy with Kim Jong-Un and been confirmed earlier by a bipartisan majority to be CIA Director, it may be hard for the Senate NOT to vote to confirm Mike Pompeo,  but they will likely try. Already, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (who votes today) has said they will not vote to recommend him, The full Senate vote occurs later this week (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/23/pompeo-trumps-pick-for-secretary-state-faces-tough-battle-for-senate-confirmation.html). ‘We certainly hope some members will change their minds,’ White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders-Huckabee said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Going to talk with Kim was kind of like assuming too much, huh?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…of course, you might think such a move might satisfy his critics on the diplomacy front (it’s kind of hard to say he’s  not diplomatic when he’s just pulled off the diplomacy move of the decade!). Probably, this is just another example of Trump-hate. You know, that political bent of being against everything Trump.”

 

“Christians? It’s hard to be against sin and not the sinner, but that is what we are told to do (“The good hate the wickedness of the wicked, and the wicked the goodness of the good.” [Prov. 29:27 LB]) What am I saying? That you cannot oppose the man  just because you oppose his personal preferences.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see with Your eyes and judge with Your heart; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-17-18 Rumors of War

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-17-18

 

Rumors of War

 

What’s Happening:  “First, it was Hawaii – 38 minutes of panic occurred when a false warning of a missile launch from North Korea was emblazoned on phones statewide: yesterday it happened nationwide in Japan…the TV station responsible for the deception has apologized (https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/2aeb97a0-fc5e-3cca-96c9-bcb4c5340a3c/ss_japanese-tv-issues-false.html).’Around 6.55pm earlier we reported on the NHK’s news site and NHK’s news disaster prevention application “Pattern of North Korean missile launch” but this was incorrectly issued. J alert has not appeared. I must sincerely apologise.’”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Now, nobody will respond…it’s a case of crying ‘wolf’ too many times.”

 

Biblical Response:  “You might be right…not that there’s much that many folks could do, anyway. One thing’s certain, the real thing will be worse. Is a thermonuclear missile survivable? Probably…the real question is ‘do you want to?’ What kind of world will be left? Do you want your children to live in fear of such a thing happening? These, and other questions, should have be asked decades ago…before North Korea had an opportunity to develop the threat.

 

“Christians? Although our eternity is secure (2 Tim. 1:12), our temporality is not. The law of sowing and reaping (Gal. 6:7) guarantees that regret has a multiplied component. We have sown the wind…now we get to reap the whirlwind. Is there still time? Maybe.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to let fear rule the day…but to be wise purveyors of the truth. Give our leaders the wisdom to guide us through these tumultuous times;: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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